Monday, February 13, 2012
Death Row for Women in Thailand is Empty
On 30th March 2011 there were 83 women on death row in Thailand.
Today, there are none.
All women imprisoned on death sentences had their sentences commuted by Royal Pardon on the occasion of the King's birthday on 5th December 2011.
The number of male prisoners condemned to death is 622. There is hope, based on an intention declared in the 2nd National Human Rights Plan to achieve abolition for all prisoners, that the death penalty will soon be a thing of the past for all prisoners. The emptying of death row for women should be a rehearsal for full abolition.
But the number of 622 male prisoners is an increase of 12 over a one month period, moderating our hopes; the judicial death process is still active.